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Gerard Schwarz

Above and Beyond (2012)
JSGS Publishing
Band/Wind/Brass Ensemble
Year Composed
9 Minutes
Programme Note
Gerard Schwarz Above and Beyond (2012)

First performance:
March 12 2012
United States Marine Band
Gerard Schwarz, conductor
Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD

Reviews develops into a really fine and rather thrilling work, skilfully scored for the forces available. This is not surprising in that Schwarz is an experienced and distinguished conductor of this type of repertoire. There is a surprisingly thoughtful ending, the woodwind winding the music down over rumbling percussion, with occasional snarls from muted brass. This is a work I’d commend strongly to music directors of wind bands, with the proviso that it’s not only technically pretty demanding, but also requires a very fully ‘staffed’ band. A real find.
Gwyn Parry-Jones,,01/01/0001
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